1129 Tasting Notes

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From the January Simple Loose Leaf Tea coop.

Best tea out of the box this month. The assam malty base is a great match to the bergamot. The bergamot is a moderate level, with a bit of a brisk finish at the end.

Full review on my blog The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/january-simple-loose-leaf/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85

SPARKLE TO THE MAX

http://oolongowl.com/davidsteas-glitter-and-gold-tea-sparkling/

Now for this tea to glitter like mad, use a glass tea top without an infuser. Magic!

Tealizzy

I like the addition of the video!

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A very strong flavored, orchid sheng! He Kai also has a strong vegetal finish. I found this tea not that flexible – if you over steep it it is quite bitter (or maybe that flavor intensive vegetal). The after taste in this tea is really floral, more floral that drinking it!

I love the floral in this one, but I need to play with it more to minimize the punch it packs as I found He Kai too strong for me, even with 5 second infusions.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/kai-unfermented-puerh-jalam-teas-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling

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90

90 for the tea. 100 for puerh wrapper art work!

Love this tea – it starts off like amber insence – amber and a bit of smoke with a super slick texture. Middle infusions got pretty dry, but smoothed out at the end with pear sweet, mineral, wet leaf notes, with a floral aftertaste. Final infusions (12th and 13th) where milky smooth.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/white2tea-club-december-2014-featuring-2008-often-raw-puerh/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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80

This oolong blend is potent. Very lemony without being tart with a tasty spicy like basil bite. The finish is creamy sweet lemon, like a lemon custard. The oolong base adds a little earthyness, but is really in the background as the lemon and basil flavor are strong and the main focus.

Torn on this one, I love the lemon basil flavor, I could drink this tea all day and would be amazing iced too – but I miss the oolong.

Full review on my blog The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/sweet-carrots-green-basil-lemonade-oolong-pekoe-sip-house-tea-review/

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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80

CARROT TEA! Very tasty tea, the carrots have a sweet vegetal mellow flavor that pairs well with the savory buttery green and grassy mate base. End of sip is a pineapple flavor, with an aftertaste of papaya and buttery green. I could see this tea being awesome cold steeped or iced! The fruity and veg flavors are at a nice level to enjoy the green and mate base.

Full review on my blog The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/sweet-carrots-green-basil-lemonade-oolong-pekoe-sip-house-tea-review/

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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95

Oh man, this is Christmas in a cup! Spicy, flavorful, sweet! It is like drinking a cinnamon heart or cider. The spices are strong enough to tingle the tongue and the sweetness level is perfect. Despite it being a rooibos (and I dislike rooibos) the flavor is full on and not watery. Santa’s Cup is perfect for a spiced tea lover and holiday tea! This is the tea if you love cinnamon heart candies too!

I had this tea back at the World Tea Expo and have been saving it for the Holidays and it’s super tasty! I also love TeaXotics packaging – it has this patterned white and clear windowed bags that are quite pretty and bright.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/santas-cup-herbal-rooibos-tea-teaxotics-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Cameron B.

Aw, Hooty-Claus is adorable. :P

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80

A fun twist on Earl Grey! This EG is more on the sweet orange side, with a creamy base and a touch of honey. The bergamont is a low to moderate level and more sweet orange mandarin like. The blend is a little sweet (as there is honey in it) with a brisk finish. I love the orange and cream flavor to this EG, very nice!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/reading-nook-mindful-morning-tea-plum-deluxe-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

Sounds delish. :D

Andy Hayes

Great review – thanks!

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85

Floral lovers, this tea is for you! The dry leaf is gorgeous, accented with various flower bits – roses, lavender and chamomile. The flavor is creamy, very floral, mellow and a little fruity. The balance of floral is well done as the lavender isn’t over the top, and you can taste each flower.

However, you totally need to be a floral lover to enjoy this tea. it’s pretty floral, so it can be close to soap territory to some.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/reading-nook-mindful-morning-tea-plum-deluxe-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I’m a tea blogger – The Oolong Owl
www.OolongOwl.com – I do tea reviews, obsessively photograph teas with mischievous crocheted Owls and get tea drunk. I am also a crochet / knitting designer at Awkward Soul Designs.

I was raised on floral oolongs and green teas, mostly “beauty” teas. Early on as a kid, I can guzzle an entire pot of tea (or two) at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant.
These days I like adventurous and interesting tea blends. I’m fearless in trying new teas! I’m into oolong, pu’erh, white, green, black, guayusa, mate and herbals. I’m not into red rooibos but I keep buying it anyway.

The tea brand that got me started into loose leaf teas was DAVIDsTea. I used to live in Vancouver Canada and had access to their shop, however that is now limited since I moved to southern California.

However, the perks of living in the US is ultra cheap, fast shipping! Since then, my tea stash insanely expanded.

Other stuff I’m into that sneaks into my tea notes: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, metal music, drawing, painting, cooking, photography and nail polish.

BTW, my Steepster cupboard is not even close to accurate and I track my teas on a spreadsheet. Last update 512 Teas May 2015.

To contact me for reviews, check out my blog and email me at [email protected]

Location

Long Beach, CA

Website

http://oolongowl.com/

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